Perils of journalism: Ben Stokes lashes out at The Sun for “immoral” breach on family tragedy

Ben Stokes
Image Courtesy: The Evening Standard

World Cup and Ashes hero Ben Stokes’ family faced a rather tumultuous time before his birth. The tragedy was brought into light by The Sun who provoked Stokes in their manner for featuring the story.

Image Courtesy: The Evening Standard

The Sun featured a front-page article which revealed sensitive details of the Stokes family. The outlet deemed fir to publish the piece which was headlined “STOKES’ SECRET TRAGEDY Ashes hero Ben Stokes’ brother and sister were killed by his mum’s jealous ex, three years before cricketer’s birth,”. 

The all-rounder shared a statement on Twitter where he lashed out at The Sun for their drive for “chasing sales” and proceeded to state that the news outlet sent a reporter to his house in New Zealand as well. Check out this statement below:

“Today the Sun has seen fit to publish extremely painful, sensitive and personal details concerning events in the private lives of my family, going back more than 31 years.

“It is hard to find words that adequately describe such low and despicable behavior, disguised as journalism. I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, heartless or contemptuous to the feelings and circumstances of my family.

“For more than three decades, my family has worked hard to deal with the private trauma inevitably associated with these events and has taken great care to keep private what were deeply personal and traumatic events. On Saturday, the Sun sent a ‘reporter’ to my parents’ house in New Zealand to question them, out of the blue, on this incredibly upsetting topic. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Sun thinks it is acceptable to sensationalise our personal tragedy for their front page.

“To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of – in particular – my parents, is utterly disgusting. I am aware that my public profile brings with it consequences for me that I accept entirely. But I will not allow my public profile to be used as an excuse to invade the rights of my parents, my wife, my children or other family members. They are entitled to a private life of their own. The decision to publish these details has given and lifelong consequences for my mum in particular.

“This is the lowest form of journalism, focussed only on chasing sales with absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to the lives as a consequence. It is totally out of order.

“The article also contains serious inaccuracies which have compounded the damage caused. We need to take a serious look at how we allow our press to behave.

“Despite the fact that this has now been made public, I do please ask all concerned to respect my family’s privacy and right to home life,”

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